Masked Mayhem details the personal accounts of how various student groups at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are adapting and handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Students face various issues ranging from technological difficulties to lack of socialization to fear of contracting the virus itself. Despite these setbacks, students are persevering and finding solutions in a variety of ways.

Episode 1: International students

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt life around the world and is creating unique challenges for international students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. All students worry about what will happen if they or a family member contracts the virus, but international students have many more concerns. They are dealing with time zone issues due to a hybrid model of classes, the uncertainty of if they should be in the U.S. or their home country, and discrimination from political leaders.

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Lishanna Ilves, Estonia, and Ieva Turke, Latvia, study remotely from their apartment in Lincoln. 

Episode 2: Dining

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt life around the world and is creating a unique experience for how students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are receiving their food and meals. Students are enjoying new programs such as mobile ordering, Dining Dollars and take out, while also losing the beloved self-service and social interaction found in the traditional dining hall setting.

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Kiera Tucci, Katie Leichner and Joe Furlong plan to eat together after taking meals to go from Selleck Hall. 

Episode 3: Student-athletes

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt life around the world and is providing never before seen challenges for student-athletes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Student-athletes have had to grapple with the cancellation or postponement of seasons, loss of resources and the challenge of the unknown.

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Bailey Timmons (left) races against fellow teammate Ryan Martins at the Ed Weir Outdoor Track in a Time Trial on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Episode 4: Registered Student Organizations

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt life around the world and is testing the organization and resilience of students in Registered Student Organizations or clubs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Students have had to propose their own guidelines, meet over zoom or even cancel their clubs altogether.

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Members of UNL’s Wildlife Club advertise their Club while staying masked up at UNL’s annual Club Fair.